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2010 President-Elect Faculty Senate Candidate

KATHARINE HUNTER-ZAWORSKI (at OSU since 1983), Associate Professor, School of Civil and Construction Engineering; Director, National Center for Accessible Transportation; College of Engineering

FACULTY SENATE SERVICE: Engineering Faculty Senator, 2005-present; Administrative Appointments Committee, 2008-present; Executive Committee, 2008-09; Academic Regulations Committee, 2008-09; Honors College Council, 2005-09 and 1994-97; Inter-Institutional Faculty Senate Senator, 2005-08; Curriculum Council, 2002-05 (co-chair 2005); Faculty Status Committee, 2001-04; and Bylaws and Nominations Committee, 1999-01

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING SERVICE: Curriculum Committee 2008-09 and 2004-05

UNIVERSITY SERVICE: University Space Committee, 2010-present; NCAA Governance and Rules Compliance Subcommittee 2008-09; Transportation and Parking Committee, 2008-09; Commission on the Status of Individuals with Disabilities, 2007-09; Faculty Women's Network Executive, 2004-09; President's Commission on the Status of Women, 1999-04; Commencement Committee, 1993-99 (co-head usher 1996-99); and University and Advisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities, 1990-07 (chair 1992-98)

SEARCH COMMITTEES: Vice President for Research, 2009

Candidate Statement: I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for FS President. I have served as an OSU Inter-Institutional Faculty Senator and developed strong relationships with OSU, OUS, and State Board leaders. Through service and chairing many committees at OSU, I am prepared to assume the responsibilities of President-Elect and President. I am familiar with many of the issues and challenges facing OSU as a land grant institution, OUS and Higher Education. If elected, I will endeavor to develop trusting and respectful faculty governance that will help OSU to emerge as a strong academic and economic leader in Oregon.

What will be the critical issues for faculty and how can you help move those issues forward?

There are five areas that will be critical for faculty: state budget and revisions of the budget model, faculty benefits, revisions in the Baccalaureate Core, student assessment of teaching, and reorganization and realignment of OSU units and Colleges.

Strong faculty governance will be critical for seeking equitable solutions for the anticipated budget challenges that OSU, OUS and the State of Oregon are facing. Respect and collaboration across the campus will insure that OSU is strategically placed to become a top land grant institution despite the economic climate of the state.

OSU faculty leadership will need to work with OUS to be proactive to protect the health and retirement benefits programs from additional erosion.

OSU has made thoughtful progress in addressing revisions to the Baccalaureate (BACC) Core to improve the undergraduate learning experience. The BACC Core revisions will be significant for preparing our graduates to fully participate in a global society and solve problems that we cannot even imagine.

The Student Assessment of Teaching Task Force will continue to work on modifications that will ultimately contribute to improvements in student learning and instructional effectiveness.

OSU is demonstrating leadership to strengthen its impact on the local region and worldwide community. Structural reorganization is enabling new collaborative partnerships that improve both the research and education mission of the institution.

How has your experience prepared you for this position?

I had the honor to represent OSU on the Inter-Institutional Faculty Senate (IIFS), which provided me with the opportunity to interact with representatives from the OUS institutions, the Chancellor's Office, legislators and the State Board, and to see how the large state education systems operate. I have also seen the importance of the extension program and its influence in all parts of the state. OSU is a statewide institution. My experience as both a member and chair of the Curriculum Council, as well as other Faculty Senate committees, has given me an appreciation for the diversity of faculty and academic programs across all OSU colleges. The State of Oregon and OSU will face many anticipated and unanticipated challenges during the next three years. OSU has strong faculty governance that will permit faculty and university leadership to work together to seek solutions to these enormous challenges.